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Kevin DeYoung is the first out of the gate with a review of Rob Bell’s book “Love Wins,” but probably not the last considering the great disturbance that was created with the announcement of the book all over Twitter, Facebook and the numerous blog posts.

Follow the link below to get the full review:

God Is Still Holy and What You Learned in Sunday School Is Still True: A Review of “Love Wins” – Kevin DeYoung.

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This is a great post by Tullian Tchividjian over at his Gospel Coalition blog site. He says:

I’m addicted to the gospel. It burns inside of me. And it seems to get hotter ever day. I can’t stop thinking about it, talking about it, writing about it, reading about it, wrestling with it, reveling in it, and thanking God for it. For better or for worse, my focus has become myopic. My passion has become singular. Lesser things don’t distract me as easily. I’m not as anxious I used to be. I’m more relaxed. What others think of me (either good or bad) doesn’t matter as much as it used to. I’m enjoying life more. The pressure’s off. I actually think I’m beginning to understand the length and breadth of the freedom Jesus purchased for me.

Jesus plus nothing equals everything–the gospel– is daily becoming for me more than a theological passion, more than a cognitive reality. It’s becoming my functional lifeline! And it’s this rediscovery of the gospel’s power that is enabling me to see that…(follow the link below to read more)

I’m Addicted – Tullian Tchividjian.

Tim Brister posted this quote recently from his reading of Octavius Winslow’s work “Morning Thoughts, or Daily Walking with God. I thought you might enjoy it.

But it is the office of the blessed and eternal Spirit to unfold, and so to glorify, Jesus in the Word. All that we spiritually and savingly learn of Him, through this revealed medium, is by the sole teaching of the Holy Spirit, opening up this word to the mind. He shows how all the luminous lines of Scripture truth emanate from, return to, and center in, Christ—how all the doctrines set forth the glory of His person, how all the promises are written in His heart’s blood, and how all the precepts are embodied in His life.

Follow the link below to get a copy of this book for your Kindle on Amazon.

via Amazon Kindle: Tim Brister shared from MORNING THOUGHTS, or DAILY WALKING WITH GOD.

Recently I have been introduced to the work of Jim McClarty who has a marvelous way of explaining the wonderful truths of the Scriptures. In this video he deals with the often misunderstood and misapplied passage of Second Peter 3:9. Listen carefully because Jim will put the verse back into it’s proper context and explain to you the true meaning of this passage; removing all confusion while answering the typical objections.

Tell me what you think, let’s have a conversation.

The above quote by Erwin McManus was tweeted by lisa008967. Now clearly we should not accept tweets as authoritative for quotes, but Erwin himself retweeted the quote from Lisa which confirms that the quote was in fact actually his and affirmed by him. Why is that important? Because the quote confirms that McManus either does not understand the unifying principle of the Bible or he is lying and deceiving people to believe something that is not found in the Bible, nor taught Jesus, the apostles or those who followed after them.

The truth of the matter is that the unifying principle of the Bible is not about me, you or anyone else. The unifying principle of the Bible is Christ and Christ alone. This is what Christ taught, listen to his own words:

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. (Joh 5:39-40 ESV)

Jesus taught the same truth to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus in Luke 24. Here’s how the Scriptures put it:

Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” (Luk 24:44 ESV)

Later in that same chapter Jesus teaches the rest of the apostles the same truth:

And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. (Luk 24:25-27 ESV)

So then the unifying principle of the Bible is not that my relationship with God has a direct correlation to how I treat people, but it is about Christ and Him crucified that we might have our sins forgiven and receive the righteousness of Christ.

There’s a second problem here. Erwin is saying that my relationship with God depends on how I treat people. That’s the law. That’s works righteousness. That’s saying that my obedience is the basis for God loving me or blessing me or even having fellowship with me. The problem is that no one can live up to that standard. No one can fulfill the demands of the law. No one can appease God with their own righteousness. And those who think you have done so only fool yourself and are deceived by your own self-righteousness. Look at what Paul teaches to those who try to rely on the law for their own justification and righteousness:

For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Gal 3:10-11 ESV)

You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. (Gal 5:4 ESV)

For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (Rom 3:20 ESV)

You see our relationship with God is not based upon us, but on what Christ has done for us. Christ provided for us His righteousness through His death and resurrection and it is through that righteousness that God views us as His children (that is those who have responded to Him in repentance, received His forgiveness, and are born again). Therefore, when we are disobedient we are treated as children who need discipline (Heb. 13), but God does not love us less, or bless us less, or treat us in a lesser way. He gives us the grace He promised through Christ. A grace that is given to us freely, that comes from God, not a grace that is earned by our own works.

Beware of Erwin McManus because he is leading his people into a system of works righteousness that will send people to hell. Pray that he would repent and teach the true grace of God, the true gospel, and the true unifying principle of the Bible.

 

Tim Keller has put out another book. I have yet to order or read it, but if you’re looking for a review consider this one by Michael Johnson over at Desiring God.

Tim Keller’s King’s Cross: A Review – Desiring God.

I stole this from Thabiti Anyabwile’s blog post over at The Gospel Coalition website because I thought it would be great for all of us to consider throughout the day.  Enjoy!

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17)

“We are not the reason the gospel works; the gospel is the reason the gospel works.”

–Ligon Duncan, from the Foreword to Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching

 

The Reason the Gospel Works – Pure Church by Thabiti Anyabwile.